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Subject: Lost Lepidoptera
Location: Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada
January 18, 2013 8:16 am
Hello!
I rescued this Lep from in-between two sets of doors on my way into work and set it outside. I’ve never see a moth (butterfly?) this beautiful in our area. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Joanna

Polyphemus Moth

Dear Joanna,
This is a female Polyphemus Moth and this is a very unseasonal time of year for a sighting in Canada.  We can only speculate that the cocoon was somehow accidentally brought indoors, perhaps on a Christmas Tree, and the warmth caused the cocoon to hatch prematurely.

Daniel-
Thanks for the reply.  I realised after I sent the request that I probably should have mentioned that it was a picture I took over a year ago, before I realised there were sites where you could submit I.D. requests!  So thank you for the I.D.
Joanna

Hi Joanna,
Thanks for the clarification.

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